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UPDATED: Tue., June 6, 2017, 3:37 p.m.

Ex-wife of murder-for-hire plot boss James Henrikson sentenced to probation

A woman who helped prosecutors send her ex-husband to prison for ordering the deaths of two associates in the North Dakota oil patch has been sentenced to probation for her …


Kip Hill: My favorite stories of 2016

A murder-for-hire case, a presidential election, arcades, records, a scandal at City Hall - it was all in a year’s work.


Final co-conspirator in James Henrikson murder-for-hire schemes gets 8 years in prison

Todd Bates, 43, solicited the services of a would-be hitman in Chicago to kill Jed McClure, at the direction of James Henrikson, according to investigators. His sentencing was delayed by …


Man who tried to escape from Spokane County Jail using a rope made of bedsheets sentenced

The cell mate of convicted killer James Henrikson was sentenced to 41 months in prison Friday for an escape attempt from the Spokane County Jail that involved a broken window …


Key witness in Doug Carlile contract killing receives 22-year prison sentence

Robert Delao, 41, has previously served time in prison on a manslaughter charge and other crimes tied to gang activity. He apologized to the families of the victims in James …


Henrikson receives life sentence in Carlile contract killing, speaks about abortion and drugs at hearing

James Henrikson, 37, was sentenced to at least two life prison terms for his involvement in ordering the murders of Kristopher “K.C.” Clarke and Doug Carlile. Henrikson did not apologize …


Widow in Carlile murder-for-hire slaying forgives killer during sentencing

Tim Suckow, 52, will serve 30 years in federal prison for killing Doug Carlile and Kristopher Clarke at the direction of James Henrikson. U.S. District Court Judge did not accept …


Judge affirms guilty verdict in Henrikson murder-for-hire trial

Defense attorneys argued unsuccessfully Tuesday that the evidence used to convict James Henrikson on 11 criminal counts tied to murder-for-hire plots came from unbelievable witnesses, and he should receive a …


Henrikson cellmate seeks dismissal of attempted Spokane County Jail escape charge

Bud Ray Brown, the man who said he masterminded a failed escape attempt from a Spokane County Jail cell he shared with James Henrikson, says he’s being unfairly targeted by …


Ormsby names new top assistant in U.S. Attorney’s Office

The decision to promote Pamela DeRusha to first assistant U.S. attorney was made after criminal chief Aine Ahmed chose to step down from a management job, U.S. Attorney Mike Ormsby …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 25, 2016, 4:43 p.m.

Henrikson found guilty in murder-for-hire case

A Richland jury on Thursday found James Henrikson guilty in the murder-for-hire killings of South Hill businessman Doug Carlile and Kristopher Clarke.


Henrikson defense says prosecution’s murder-for-hire case based on lies

Attorneys for James Henrikson argued Tuesday that the government’s case against the North Dakota man is built on the lies of informants, while prosecutors said all the evidence in the …


Henrikson defense attacks witness credibility, moves for acquittal

The defense’s first witness in the murder-for-hire trial of James Henrikson offered a different account of the killing of Kristopher “K.C.” Clarke than the one told by his supposed killer, …


Ruling on false testimony from Henrikson witness won’t be admitted, judge rules

Jurors in the murder-for-hire trial of James Henrikson will not hear that the judge presiding over the case determined that one of the prosecution’s key witnesses gave false testimony in …


Key witness in Henrikson trial gave false testimony against Spokane County man in 2011

Robert Delao, who testified he negotiated a murder-for-hire deal between James Henrikson and Timothy Suckow that ended with the December 2013 death of Doug Carlile, testified falsely against Mark Hewson …


Judge says James Henrikson trial may continue

A motion for a mistrial based on undisclosed text messages between a Spokane police detective and a witness in the James Henrikson murder-for-hire trial was thrown out Tuesday.


Henrikson attorneys seek mistrial following revelation of police texts with witness

Three weeks of courtroom work may be undone by text messages released Friday by prosecutors in the James Henrikson murder-for-hire trial. Defense attorneys are asking for a mistrial because they …


Hit man in South Hill murder-for-hire case details ‘arsenal’

RICHLAND – Timothy Suckow described the “arsenal” of weapons he obtained illegally in Spokane, and Robert Delao detailed his plans to deliver heroin to James Henrikson, whose trial on murder-for-hire …


Shooter in murder-for-hire case says he didn’t intend to kill last victim

RICHLAND – In testimony broken by tears and long pauses Monday, Timothy Suckow described the two grisly murders he said were ordered by James Henrikson, including what he described as …


Lawyers focus on truthfulness of witnesses as Henrikson trial begins

Spectacled and graying, Timothy Suckow drew with his finger on Friday the location where he said he fatally bludgeoned Kristopher Clarke nearly four years ago at the request of James …


Details of Spokane murder-for-hire case well known, even in Tri-Cities

RICHLAND – James Henrikson’s trial was moved to the Tri-Cities to avoid seating jurors who may already have heard about the case. But at least a half dozen of those …


Mother of missing son wants to face Henrikson as murder-for-hire trial begins

Jill Williams posted her suspicions about James Henrikson to Facebook in 2012. That decision led to bankruptcy and difficulty in attending a Richland trial this week, where Henrikson will face …


‘Prejudicial’ statements from Carlile’s family ordered withheld in Henrikson murder trial

A statement from Doug Carlile identifying James Henrikson as his potential killer will not be heard by jurors, and the publicity of the statement could end up moving Henrikson’s trial, …


Henrikson cellmate takes full blame for August ‘escape attempt’

The cellmate of James Henrikson says an ill-fated escape attempt using a rope made of bedsheets was his idea.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 3, 2015, 8 p.m.

Henrikson withdraws guilty plea in oil business murder-for-hire case

The mastermind in the murder-for-hire plot that left two men dead, including a South Hill businessman, has withdrawn his guilty plea in the wake of a certain life sentence. But …


Carlile murder plot mastermind faces 40 years after guilty plea

James Henrikson, the man who ordered the killings of two business associates tied to the oil-field business in North Dakota, faces four decades in prison after pleading guilty Friday afternoon. …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 25, 2015, 2:55 p.m.

Henrikson faces 40-year prison sentence in Carlile slaying

James HTodd David Bates will spend a little more than eight years in federal prison for his role in the alleged criminal enterprise of James Henrikson, who allegedly ordered the …


Suspects in oilfield-related killings expected to plead guilty

The man federal investigators say ordered the killing of two North Dakota oilfield associates, including a South Hill businessman in 2013, will plead guilty to charges about two weeks before …


Henrikson to plead guilty in Carlile murder-for-hire case

The man investigators say ordered the murder of Doug Carlile in his South Hill home in December 2013 is scheduled to plead guilty to charges Friday morning, according to court …


Getaway driver pleads guilty in Spokane murder-for-hire case

The getaway driver accused in the murder-for-hire of South Hill businessman Doug Carlile pleaded guilty Tuesday, leaving only two of the six men implicated in the scheme to stand trial. …